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Exploring social norms around RH affecting unmarried adolescent girls in Burundi

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If you work in the challenging field of norms shifting for reproductive health (RH), you know that unmarried adolescent girls and young women are especially difficult groups to reach with RH services and information. Why is that? A new study from the Passages project explored social norms in Burundi that can influence adolescent girls’ and young women’s RH behaviors and access to RH information and care.


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Exploring social norms around RH affecting unmarried adolescent girls in Burundi

This qualitative study aimed to identify relevant individuals and groups (key influencers) who influence and uphold RH social norms for adolescent or unmarried girls and women. Passages conducted focus group discussions on four domains of inquiry: ‘

 

    1. Menstruation and menstrual hygiene management.
    2. Sexual risk behaviors. 
    3. Sexual violence. 
    4. Fertility and voluntary family planning use. 

 

The findings and subsequent recommendations from this study could introduce you to new entry points to engage with key influencers and integrate different approaches into your norms-shifting work. Read the study report in English and French and check out this webinar recording and presentation in French.

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